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Tuesday
Jun272017

Interpol announces expanded "Our Love to Admire" 10th anniversary album

UMeInterpol's 2007 album Our Love to Admire celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer, and the band is marking the occasion with an expanded reissue.

The 10th anniversary edition of Our Love to Admire will be available as a double LP and CD set on August 18. Each format will also be accompanied by a DVD including live footage of Interpol performing at the London Astoria in England on July 2, 2007.

Our Love to Admire was Interpol's third album, and their first on a major label. It included the lead single "The Heinrich Maneuver," Interpol's highest-charting track on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Later this summer, Interpol will be celebrating the anniversary of another one of their albums when they perform their 2002 debut Turn on the Bright Lights -- which turns 15 this year -- in full on an international tour. The trek kicks off in Europe in August, and will stop in New York City and Los Angeles in September.

Here is the 10th anniversary Our Love to Admire track list:

Our Love to Admire
"Pioneer to the Falls"
"No I In Threesome"
"The Scale"
"The Heinrich Maneuver"
"Mammoth"
"Pace Is the Trick"
"All Fired Up"
"Rest My Chemistry"
"Who Do You Think"
"Wrecking Ball"
"The Lighthouse"

Bonus DVD
"Pioneer to the Falls"
"Narc"
"Mammoth"
"Rest My Chemistry"
"Obstacle 1"
"Public Pervert"
"Hands Away"
"The Heinrich Maneuver"
"Evil"
"Not Even Jail"
"NYC"
"Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down"

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Luis Fonsi attempts to explain "Despacito's" success: "Everything just kind of aligned"

UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic RecordsIt's lucky number seven for "Despacito," the smash song by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.  The song has just racked up its seventh week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  But what is it about "Despacito" that's made it the first Spanish #1 hit since "The Macarena" 20 years ago?  Luis says, "That's probably the question I get asked the most, and I don't have a perfect answer."

Luis does have a few theories, though. One is that he "didn't write it or record it thinking that it was gonna be a crossover record," he tells ABC Radio. "I just wanted to write a great song for people to dance to, with one of those melodies that just sticks in your head and it won't leave."

"I think it has a little bit of that, to the point that it's so strong that even people who don't understand the language just kinda automatically get connected to it."

Then, Luis recruited guest artists to add something special to the mix.

"Daddy Yankee did an amazing job and obviously, five months in, four months in, we dropped the remix with Justin Bieber...who just took the song one step further," he tells ABC Radio. "So I think everything just kind of aligned and happened in a very sort of organic way."

"People are loving it," Luis says. "So I'm just honored that, after 20 years of not having a Spanish #1 song, it just happened to be my song." 

Luis will kick off a U.S. tour in September, starting in Las Vegas and wrapping in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

U2's Adam Clayton honored at MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit 2017: "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own!"

Robin Marchant/WireImageMonday night in New York City, U2 bass player Adam Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. 

The award is given to music industry people who help others in the industry recover from addiction, and Clayton, now sober, has done that, through work with MusiCares' Musicians' Assistance Program.  In his speech, he thanked not only U2 for helping him through his addiction, but also two other legendary rockers.

Clayton, who started his speech by joking, "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own...this is very unusual!" revealed that that after a couple of major benders, Eric Clapton, a former addict himself, called the bass player and told him enough was enough. 

"He didn't sugarcoat it.  He told me I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," said Clayton. "He gave me the name of a treatment center and the power to make the call to them."

During his rehab program, Clayton recalled, The Who's Pete Townshend, another former addict, visited him and gave him further encouragement. 

"These two talents were enough to get me started," he said, "And convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."

Adam also expressed his gratitude to Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge, saying, "We have a pact with each other.  In our band, no one will be a casualty...No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise and letting me be in your band." 

Clayton ended his speech by quoting U2's "I Will Follow," and then joined his band mates for three songs, including that one, as well as "Vertigo" and "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

On the red carpet, Clayton also talked about U2's current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

"It's amazing," he told reporters. "Who would have thought that at this stage, we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago, and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago?"

During the 2017 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, hosted by Cat Deeley, other artists were personally invited by Adam to play their own songs, and to pay tribute to U2.  Among them:

Michael Franti -- "Television, The Drug of the Nation," a Franti song U2 used to open their Zoo TV tour, as well as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and his own "11:59."
The Lumineers -- U2's "One" and "Stubborn Love"
Jack Garratt -- "The Love You're Given," "Worry" and U2's "The Sweetest Thing"
Macy Gray -- "My Way," "I Try" and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Nicki Minaj gets Key to the City from her hometown of Queens, New York

Image Group LA/ABCNicki Minaj may have been born in Trinidad and Tobago, but she was raised in the New York City borough of Queens, and the rapper was proud Monday to be honored by her home borough with a key to the city from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Nicki took to Twitter to show off her new hardware -- a ceremonial etched key emblazoned with musical symbols on an engraved stand that reads: "Presented to Onika Tanya Maraja PKA Nicki Minaj for Outstanding Career Achievements in Music."

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Kelly Clarkson already planning to "annihilate" Blake on "The Voice" 

Courtesy of EdelmanThis weekend at Chicago's Solider Field, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will perform at the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. While they're longtime friends, the two will become colleagues next year on The Voice -- and that's when Kelly says the gloves will come off.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune about the Soldier Field show, Kelly says, "I'm a big fan of [Blake's], always have been for, I don't know, for, like a decade now, we've been friends. So yeah, it should be fun."

"But yeah, I guess it will be a precursor for The Voice," she adds. "A precursor to when I annihilate him."

Kelly will join The Voice as a coach for season 14, which airs in the spring of 2018.  Season 13 debuts September 25, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.  Between now and then, Kelly will release a new album.

While Kelly will be in Chicago for the performance, she tells the paper she won't be hanging out in the Windy City for too long -- she has to get back to Nashville to join her husband, Brandon Blackstock, for a huge Fourth of July bash.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Florida Georgia Line helps Backstreet Boys score their first #1 on the country chart 

BMLGNineties boy band Backstreet Boys top the country chart for the very first time this week, with a little help from Florida Georgia Line.

“Finding out that ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ went #1 is surreal,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard says. “[It’s] really cool to be a part of Backstreet Boys’ first country #1!”

“If you told me growing up that I would share a #1 song with BSB, I would have told you to get outta here!” his musical partner Brian Kelley adds. “Dream big, work hard, surround yourself with an amazing team and anything is possible.”

BSB is understandably thrilled with their new accomplishment as well.

“We’re fans of each other and that’s one of the reasons why the song works so well,” the band’s Nick Carter says. “I’m glad it’s with these boys that we just reached #1 at country radio for the first time.”

Backstreet will join FGL, Chris Lane and hip-hop icon Nelly for three stadium dates on The Smooth Tour starting July 7 in Boston.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock “You Broke Up with Me” is the debut single from newcomer Walker Hayes.

Chase Rice will kick off his Lambs & Lions Tour September 14 at Boone, North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. Newcomers Jacob Davis and Brooke Eden are just two of the artists who’ll take turns filling the opening slot on the trek.

Brett Young’s third single from his self-titled debut album will be the track “Like I Loved You.”

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Muse schedules Central Park benefit show to support the homeless

Credit: Danny ClinchMuse has announced a headlining show at SummerStage in New York City's Central Park. The concert will raise money for The Coalition for the Homeless.

As the show will be outdoors and on a smaller stage than usual, Muse will take a more stripped-down approach, performing without their usual, over-the-top production.

Members of Muse's fan club will receive access to a pre-sale beginning Wednesday, June 28. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 30. Visit Muse.mu for ticket info.

Muse recently wrapped up the first leg of their tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars. The outing will resume July 18 in Toronto.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Bryson Tiller strives to "come out of his shell more" for Set It Off tour 

RoleXXBryson Tiller fans can now buy the singer's chart-topping album, True to Self, everywhere ahead of the start of his Set It Off Tour, which surprisingly gives him a chance to overcome his self-proclaimed shyness.

Bryson tells ABC Radio that he's "trying to come out of my shell more" while on the road. "That's the main issue of me as an artist," he says.  

The "Somethin Tells Me" artist continues, "I never really wanted to be an artist, so, I'm just trying to figure out how to be an artist. And I don't mean just like an artist making music, 'cause I do that all day. But actually doing things that artists do, like going on tour and meet and greets and just being personable." 

If you're planning to see Bryson on tour this summer, you should know he gives his best onstage performances when fans come to his shows with heaps of energy. 

He says, "If it's their favorite song, I'm excited about performing it. If somebody goes crazy in the front row about, I don't know, "High Stakes" or something, I'm just like, 'Wow. He really loves this song.'"  

Bryson goes on: "So I'll just feed off his energy, and that'll make me enjoy a performance just because however he feels about the song is how I felt when I first made the song."

Bryson's Set It Off Tour kicks off August 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.  An additional date in has been added at the historical Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for August 14.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit TrapSoul.com

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Irv Gotti says Ja Rule will eventually star in his BET Series "Tales"

ABC RadioIrv Gotti has high hopes for his new BET scripted anthology series, Tales

The veteran music producer, who helped cultivate such artists like DMX and Ashanti, says he plans to have his Murder Inc. artist Ja Rule play a big part in the series' next season, once the first one becomes an official hit.

Gotti, who founded his R&B/hip-hop label Murder Inc. in 1999, says he initially didn't want to feature his label's artists in Tales.

"I stayed away from that because I did not want to the audience thinking that I created this just to showcase my Murder Inc. artists and my Murder Inc. music and stuff like that," Gotti tells ABC Radio.  

"I didn't choose none of my songs purposely for that. I just wanted them to come in with a fresh and open mind and just enjoy how I'm going to entertain them with Tales."

Yet, Gotti believes his series, which adapts the lyrics of classic hip-hop songs into three-act, one-hour narratives, has enough potential to win viewers over.  The next season, he says, will include Murder Inc. records, and that's where Ja comes in.

"After we get over the hump and everyone loves it, I would definitely do like... a bunch of Ja Rule records," he says. "I would absolutely have to...have him star in it and be a part of the episode."

Until that second season comes along, viewers can watch the premiere episode tonight at 8 p.m. ET, which will recreate N.W.A.'s politically charged song, "F*** the Police."

Tales stars Jermel HowardBoris KudjoeLance GrossJessica Parker KennedyWoody McClainClifton Powell and more. 

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Monday
Jun262017

Watch The Chainsmokers grow up before your eyes in new video for "Young"

ABC/Paula LoboEver wonder what The Chainsmokers were like when they were young?  Well, you can find out now, in the new lyric video for "Young," an album track from their #1 album, Memories...Do Not Open.

The visual overlays the song's lyrics on a montage of photos of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart as babies, toddlers, little kids, tweens, teenagers and college grads.  There are also photos and video of the duo on their recently wrapped tour.

The Chainsmokers are currently overseas performing at festivals, but next month they'll return to the U.S. to resume their residency at the XS Nightclub and the Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas.

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Monday
Jun262017

Lorde thanks fans for making "Melodrama" #1: "This means so much"

LAVA/Republic RecordsLorde's happy  -- to put it mildly -- that her new album, Melodrama, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  She took to Twitter to thank fans in a series of tweets, reflecting on her journey from "Royals" to her current success.

"You guys, today we have the number one album in America. from the bottom of my heart, thank you," she writes. "'Royals' was, to quote David Chase, 'a moonshot, a dreadnought.' There were no such guarantees with Melodrama -- that's why this means so much."

David Chase is the creator of The Sopranos, and he described the show in those terms.

Lorde then continues, "When I was a kid I thought big records had to be made a certain way -- to be sterile & calculated in craft; that something had to be sacrificed.  I have had the divine thrill of disproving that firsthand, twice over."

Referring to her collaborator on Melodrama, Jack Antonoff, Lorde explains, "Jack and I made this in rooms alone, telling secrets and uncovering truths, and i just know that 15yo me would have been so f*** proud."

She finishes triumphantly: "SO WHAT I'N TRYNA SAY IS LET'S F***IN GEEEET IIIIIIT MORE JOY IN ALL OUR FUTURES MELODRAMA FOREVER."

Melodrama is Lorde's first U.S. #1 album; her debut, Pure Heroine, peaked at #3.

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Monday
Jun262017

Stevie Nicks records new version of Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" as theme for new Netflix series

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesStevie Nicks has recorded a new, stripped-down version of her 1982 Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" that's being used as the theme of a new Netflix series called Gypsy

The series, starring Naomi Watts, premieres this Friday, June 30. The opening sequence of the show, featuring the updated rendition of the tune, has been posted on the official Netflix YouTube channel.

Nicks' introspective new version of "Gypsy" features Stevie's vocals accompanied only by piano. The intro to the show features a montage of clips of Watts kissing a man, putting her fingers in the flame of a lighter and smoking a cigarette. During the segment, the actress is viewed through a watch crystal and a bourbon bottle, both of which shatter.

Gypsy is a psychological thriller that features Watts as a therapist who initiates intimate relationships with people who are involved in the lives of her patients.

Interestingly, Nicks also recorded a new tune that's featured on the soundtrack of another project starring Watts: the dramatic film The Book of Henry, which opened in theaters on June 16. That song, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was written by Ryan Miller, the lead singer of the Boston-based alternative-rock act Guster.

Nicks' next scheduled performance is a solo appearance at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' July 9 concert at Hyde Park in London. She then will perform with Fleetwood Mac at The Classic West and The Classic East concerts taking place, respectively, on July 16 in Los Angeles and July 30 in New York City. Stevie also has a half-dozen solo concerts lined up in the U.S. in August and September.

Here are all of Nicks' forthcoming concerts:

7/9 -- London, U.K., Hyde Park - British Summer Time Festival
7/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium - The Classic West*
7/30 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - The Classic East*
8/23 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/9 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/13 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
9/24 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = Fleetwood Mac.

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Monday
Jun262017

Watch now: Nothing More soundtracks a bar-fight in "Go to War" video

Credit: Alysse GafkjenNothing More has premiered the video for their new song, "Go to War," the lead single from their forthcoming album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves.

The clip finds the San Antonio rockers giving an intense performance in a bar full of fighting patrons. Meanwhile, a politician on the TV triumphantly declares it's time to "go to war."

The Stories We Tell Ourselves arrives on September 15. It's the follow-up to Nothing More's 2014 self-titled album, which features the singles "This Is the Time (Ballast)," "Here's to the Heartache," and "Jenny."

Nothing More will kick off a headlining North American tour in support of The Stories We Tell Ourselves September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee. Along the way, they'll play a number of fall festivals, including Riot Fest, Louder than Life and Aftershock.

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Monday
Jun262017

Rihanna's the first female artist to reach the Hot 100 top five in three months

We The Best/Epic Records/Roc NationRihanna has scored yet another chart achievement: she's the first female artist in three months to appear in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100.

Rihanna did this thanks to her collabo with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, "Wild Thoughts," which just debuted at #4 on the Hot 100. The last top-five song to feature a woman was "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," Taylor Swift's duet with ZAYN, which was #3 back on April 8.

The Billboard album chart had also been female-free until just the last three weeks, when Halsey, Katy Perry and Lorde's latest albums all debuted at #1.

By the way, Rihanna is the only female artist so far to score two top 5 hits in 2017: In March, she was #5 with "Love on the Brain."  What's more, "Wild Thoughts" is her 31st top 10 hit.  The only two artists who've scored more are Madonna, with 38, and The Beatles, with 34.

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Monday
Jun262017

Bad, not boujee: Migos at center of two brawls during BET Awards night

ABC/Randy HolmesA lot of drama appears to have happened before, during and after this year's BET Awards, but two of the most talked-about melees both involve hip-hop trio Migos.   

First, the popular group clashed with Joe Budden, nearly resulting in a fight on the red carpet during an on-camera interview with Budden on his Complex News' debate show, Everyday Struggle.  

A few moments after a clearly frustrated Joe asked his co-host to wrap up the interview, he abruptly walked away, frustrated, which prompted Migos to get up from their stools and exchange words with Budden before moving toward him, appearing as if they wanted to fight.  

A group of people quickly swarm over to calm things down.

Then after the awards show, Chris Brown's entourage and Migos member Quavo, who's rumored to be dating Chris' ex, Karrueche Tran, got into a scuffle after the star-studded affair.  

According to TMZ, witnesses saw that a person from Breezy's crew "pushed Quavo," and a currently unidentified member of Migos was reportedly punched after stepping in to help Quavo out.

Allegedly, Chris walked away from the fight, which is all for the best: Karrueche was recently granted a five-year restraining order against the "Party" singer.

Police also reportedly showed up, but after things died down.

Migos won the award for Best Group at Sunday night's BET Awards, beating A Tribe Called QuestFat Joe and Remy Ma2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, and Rae Sremmurd for the coveted trophy.  

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Monday
Jun262017

Dierks Bentley keeps the "What the Hell" spirit going with his new single

ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley is bringing a piece of his summer tour to the airwaves, as he releases “What the Hell Did I Say” as the fourth single from his Black album.

“We named the tour after this song hoping that it would be a single this summer because it perfectly captures the anything-goes spirit out there this year,” Dierks says of his What the Hell trek with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

“It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi,” Dierks continues. “Every night is better than the one before... just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career to have a tour like this one.”

Dierks, Cole and Jon meet up again on July 7, as they play Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Monday
Jun262017

Motownphilly's back again: Boyz II Men honored with their very own Philadelphia boulevard

Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty ImagesIf you ever find yourself visiting Philadelphia this summer, you may want to take a picture in front of Boyz II Men Boulevard on Broad Street, recently named after the R&B group.

Three members of Boyz II Men -- Nate, ShawnWanya -- returned to their hometown over the weekend, where they were recognized with the honor of having their very own section of the city named after them, report Philadelphia ABC TV affiliate WPVI.

The quartet, including Michael, honed their vocal chops at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, now located near Boyz II Men Boulevard.  

The group found international fame during the 1990s, particularly after the 1991 release of their debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, and their single "End of the Road" in 1992.

Boyz II Men also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. 

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Monday
Jun262017

Trio of baby capybaras at Toronto zoo named after Rush's members

Mark Sullivan/FilmMagic; John Formosa/Friends of High Park ZooRush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have received many honors during their long career, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, but a newly announced accolade from Toronto's High Park Zoo is perhaps the band's most unique.

A trio of baby capybaras -- large South American rodents -- have been named Geddy, Alex and Neil, thanks to a recent poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo.

Over 44,800 votes were cast, with more than 32,500 choosing the first names of Rush's members. The poll's first runners-up were Snap, Crackle and Pop, which received about 9,200 votes.

"We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo in Toronto!" Lee writes in a post on Rush's Instagram page, which also includes a photo of the capybara cubs. "Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."

The capybara triplets, which were born in February are among the popular attractions at High Park Zoo. The young rodents' parents, known as Bonnie and Clyde, made news last year when they escaped from the zoo for several weeks before being recaptured.

Capybaras are found throughout most of South America. The animals are related to guinea pigs, but are much larger, with some adults weighing nearly 150 pounds.

Rush has been inactive since wrapping up a 40th anniversary tour in August 2015. The band has announced that the trek was their final major tour, although Lee and Lifeson have said they expect the group to eventually record more new music.

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Monday
Jun262017

Metallica's Lars Ulrich writes foreword to book detailing history of Metal Blade Records

BMGLars Ulrich writes the foreword to For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, a book about the label that helped launch Metallica's career.

Written by Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and author Mark EglintonFor the Sake of Heaviness explores the label's 35-year history, which started in 1982 with a compilation featuring fledgling bands from the local Los Angeles music scene, including the first-ever released recording from Metallica.

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary," says Slagel in a statement. "You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade."

For the Sake of Heaviness will arrive on August 29.

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